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Showcase Presents: Eclipso [Paperback]

Bob Haney , Various

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Sept. 1 2009 Showcase Presents
Nearly 300 pages of classic super hero adventure are collected in this value-priced volume!

The adventures of the villainous Eclipso, one of the strangest DC Comics characters of the 1960s, are collected here for the first time. On an expedition in the south Pacific, scientist Bruce Gordon's dark side is unleashed after being exposed to a black diamond. Transformed into the powerful Eclipso by any event resembling an eclipse, he embarked on an evil rampage as his good side attempted to reassert control.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (Sept. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140122315X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401223151
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,130,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bob Haney was a prolific comics writer best known for his work for DC Comics. He co-created the Silver Age Teen Titans and the Doom Patrol, as well as less famous characters such as Metamorpho, Eclipso and Cain. His other work included Sgt. Rock, World's Finest Comics, The Brave and the Bold, Blackhawk, The Unknown Soldier and Deadman. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A solar Jekyll & Hyde April 22 2010
By Babytoxie - Published on Amazon.com
Back in the early '90s, I got myself wrapped up in DC's company crossover event "The Darkness Within", which established Eclipso as a major villain in the DC Universe. Thereafter, I'd grab any Eclipso appearances I could get my hands on, but I never got around to seeking out his earliest Silver Age adventures. Now I have SHOWCASE PRESENTS: ECLIPSO, and while the stories were not that impressive, I'm glad I got this affordable opportunity to find out more about the character and see just how differently he was originally portrayed.

Introduced in House of Secrets #61 (August 1963), Eclipso is the alter-ego of physicist Bruce Gordon. In a series of events that strains even the Silver Age's limits of credibility, Gordon is attacked by a tribal sorceror while visiting a Pacific island to view a solar eclipse. The sorceror scratches Gordon with a black diamond, and naturally, this causes him to transform into the evil Eclipso in the presence of any type of eclipse. His body contorts, his clothes change, and a shadow covers half of his face, resulting in one of the more bizarre comic characters I've ever seen. Once he reverts to his human form, Gordon and company must race to cure his condition before the change occurs again... and so it goes. It wouldn't be until years later that other writers would expand upon Eclipso's origin, revealing what he actually was - but that's a discussion best left for another trade paperback (hopefully).

This volume is one of a small selection of "budget Showcases", meaning it's half the page count of a regular Showcase (collecting stories from HoS # 61 - 80) and priced at ten bucks. Following this run, Eclipso had other appearances outside of HoS, but those are not collected here. As I said earlier, writer Bob Haney's stories are no great shakes, and the artwork by Lee Elias, Jack Sparling, and Bob Bailey, is adequate. The real highlight of this collection is the handful of issues penciled by master draftsman Alex Toth. His solid, high-contrast work brings some real style to the character - it's just a shame he didn't do more of these issues. Based on my interest in Eclipso, I had planned to write a more extensive review, but I guess this is really all that this volume needs. It's some of DC's more laughable Silver Age material, but it was interesting nonetheless.
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2.0 out of 5 stars EXHAUSTING Nov. 7 2012
By T. A. Hansen - Published on Amazon.com
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I tried to read this in the spirit of the time it was written. I kept telling myself that these stories were written for kids. I kept telling myself that I would have enjoyed the unsophistication of the stories when I was a kid. I think I am kidding myself. I have almost finished the book. It is a struggle because the plots are hackneyed and riddled with holes. Plot elements occur with no regard to the past plot ideas. It's hard to read more than a few stories without getting a headache. A few examples. In the first story Ecilpso takes the place of Bruce. A few stories later Bruce and Eclipso exist together. In the first stories Eclipso emerges when there is a real eclipse and Bruce and his gang fret over the times of real eclipses. In later stories eclipses can be a hand in front of a light bulb or a projected elcipse in a planetarium. In the later stories an eclipse can be anything the writers want. In the first couple of stories Eclipso(when there is just one Eclipso or Bruce)does not appear with his costume and diamond. He stashes the items near an atomic pile. Later stories he just is wearing his costume. In all the stories Eclipso knows everything Bruce has done when Eclipso is not free, but the same does not aplly to Bruce. In most stories Bruce defeats Eclipso by saying, things like "I had a hunch that if I mixed x and y put it in a steel, not aluminum, cannister and threw it 5.6 feet from Eclipso's left side he would be defeated. It was just a hunch."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alex Toth the Legend Dec 29 2011
By Chuck Furnace - Published on Amazon.com
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These early 60's comics feature Eclipso, a minor villain who achieved some prominence in the DC crossovers of the 80s. As unusual as the character is, this volume is more important as a repository of Alex Toth art. A pioneer of graphic page design, his art had an influence similar to Kubrick and Eisner on later artists, and his animation work was groundbreaking for it's time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Showcase Presents: Eclipso March 17 2013
By David Asleson - Published on Amazon.com
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House of Secrets: Pleased-good representation of the original, clean and neat. Another Showcase Presents winner is Eclipso. I give it an "A."

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